saucefactory:

thehornybartender:

kate-wisehart:

saucefactory:

I’m sure many of you have heard of the man who recently ran into the White House grounds and made it into the actual White House, right? Well, look at the following quotes from The Washington Post explaining why the Secret Service didn’t immediately shoot him:

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So basically, if a man BREAKING INTO THE WHITE HOUSE doesn’t get shot, as long as he even seems like he’s unarmed (he wasn’t; he was carrying a knife), then how can Officer Wilson justify shooting an unarmed Mike Brown in Ferguson? I mean, if the goddamn Secret Service isn’t trigger-happy with potential assassins of the president, then how can Wilson explain the multiple shots he fired at a helpless black kid?

Those are questions that the Ferguson police force must answer. If deadly force isn’t immediately applicable against someone breaking into one of the most important buildings in the country in order to attack the president, then how is it applicable against an unarmed person just walking down a random public street? Mike Brown wasn’t breaking into anyone’s house, let alone the White House. Mike Brown wasn’t carrying a weapon, unlike the guy who attacked the White House. But Mike Brown still got shot to death. How does this make any sense?

The Ferguson police department sickens me. And this disparity is why.

The SECRET SERVICE doesn’t shoot people unless they’re actively appearing to be a threat.

BASIC-ASS WHITE COPS have got NO EXCUSE.

As much as I think what happened was a indescribable injustice, could we please leave race out of it?

But… it is about race? Believe me, I wish it weren’t, but it is.

Consider the following statistics from Operation Ghetto Storm for the year 2012, as posted on the Daily Kos:

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The language of the above chart is a little confusing, but what it means is the % of black people killed by police, not the % of people killed by black police. However, in case you don’t want to trust just that one report alone about the disproportionate number of black people killed by police, check out this quote from USA Today:

Nearly two times a week in the United States, a white police officer killed a black person during a seven-year period ending in 2012, according to the most recent accounts of justifiable homicide reported to the FBI. […] The reports show that 18% of the blacks killed during those seven years were under age 21, compared to 8.7% of whites.

That’s why a black kid like Michael Brown was more likely to be shot and killed than, say, a white kid. More than twice as likely, in fact. 18% is more than twice as much as 8.7%.

Need even more proof? Here are some statistics from Mother Jones:

In 2007, ColorLines and the Chicago Reporter investigated fatal police shootings in 10 major cities, and found that there were a disproportionately high number of African Americans among police shooting victims in every one, particularly in New York, San Diego, and Las Vegas.

This handy figure (also from the above article) presents the data from New York, specifically:

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And that’s not all. As Mother Jones states:

In Oakland, California, the NAACP reported that out of 45 officer-involved shootings in the city between 2004 and 2008, 37 of those shot were black. None were white. One-third of the shootings resulted in fatalities. Although weapons were not found in 40 percent of cases, the NAACP found, no officers were charged. […] When you look at the racial breakdown of New Yorkers, black people are disproportionately represented among those targeted as criminal shooting suspects, firearms arrestees, and those fired upon or struck by police gunfire.

Want even more numbers from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, itself? Check out how disproportionately high arrest-related deaths were among people of color from 2003-2009:

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MORE PEOPLE OF COLOR DIED IN ARREST-RELATED DEATHS THAN WHITE PEOPLE, DESPITE THE FACT THAT THEY WERE MINORITIES.

Basically, despite being minorities, they had the majority of arrest-related deaths. Gettin’ spooked, yet?

That’s why this is a race issue. I mean, I completely understand the fervent desire for it to not be a race issue—most of us want to live in a world without racism—but sadly, it is a race issue. Ain’t no denying that. America still has a long way to go before achieving racial equality.

turtletotem:

I have long said that in order for any comedy to truly succeed as a story, there has to be meat beneath the jokes. There has to be that moment when it is not funny any more.

This. This is that moment.

(Source: onceland)

Popular Pups

tyleroakley:

theblogforadog:

Here are some picture of what some of the most popular dog breeds look like as puppies. 

Australian Shepherd

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Beagle

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Boston Terrier

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Chihuahua

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Cocker Spaniel

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Dachshund

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French Bulldog

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German Shepherd

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Golden Retriever 

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Siberian Husky

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Labrador Retriever 

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Pug

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Miniature Schnauzer 

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Sheltie

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Yorkie

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I DEMAND EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM.

(Source: samsonthegsd)